I interviewed Vern Weber a long time ago for an article on how white coats emerged. IMO it has the most accurate information from a person who was part of what was happening at the time white coats emerged. It was published in Retrievers On Line (Editor Dennis Voigt and Fiona McKay).
Vern (now sadly passed away) knew more of the details of how changes and ideas started out in the retrieving game than many people.
He was there and was part of all of it . He knew all those involved when the concept of using a white coat in the USA emerged. I can probably find my original somewhere on an old computer.
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I heard an urban legend that the white coat was started by Cotton Pershall and John Olin. Cotton was complaining that the dog couldn't see him.
Olin's solution was to take one of the white jackets from one of his waiters on staff at his large home and put it on Cotton. It seemed to work.
I don't know if one word of that is true, but I think it makes a pretty good story.
Might ask Bobby George. He wrote Cotton's book. A photo in the book from the 1953 National Championship shows Cotton in white coat. Also a photo from 52 shows him in white with Roy Gonia beside him, not wearing white. Found another photo from 1946 wearing white.
In Charles Morgan's book there is a 1942 shot of him in a white coat. There is a 1939 shot of a group of trainers including Charles Morgan, Billy Wunderlich and Cotton Pershall. Pershall is wearing a white shirt.
So, we know it goes back until at least '42.
"When a man is proud of his dog and shows it, I like him. When his dog is proud of him and shows it, I deeply respect him.” — Gene Hill
You guys are great and thanks for all the background A lot of fun stories along the way.
Congrats Jim with another Willie National Am finish you guys are tough